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Ponderings

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

According to the Mayo Clinic, my target HR for cardio is mid 150s to 160. I am typically 164+ when knee deep in a run. Bad? Good? I know zilch about VO2max and have heard picks and pans about it. I do not know if it would have any adverse affect, or it just means I'm giving 110% every time.

Still wondering what type of doc (and a doc at all) to see about this numbness in the ankle/shin area. It's quite annoying. We've ruled that my MRI showed no signs of concern, and my bloodwork was fine.

Why must I have such issues with the pollen? It's gonna be a tough allergy season with running. I took a Zyrtec and it is not doing a darn thing for me.

I'm loving the Almond Breeze (unsweet) and almond cheese. Making lots of good choices. BUT...not hitting my #s for carbs, fat, and protein. Ouch. Once I ramp up for long distance, then I can put other complex carbs in and not worry...I guess.

  
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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 3/10/2010 6:41AM

    Julie, What about a foot and ankle doctor with sports history. I would send you to my guy here...but don't think you want to come all the way to Florida.

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KAYLSLYNN 3/9/2010 9:46PM

    MAYBE YOU ARE PONDERING TOO MUCH. YOU ARE DOING GREAT!!!!DON'T BE SO HARD ON YOURSELF!!!!TAKE IT FROM SOME ONE WHO KNOWS SOMETIMES YOU CAN OVER THINK YOURSELF. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOURS KAY emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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The last 10

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

For some...the last 10 (lbs) seems to drop right off with the rest of the weight. For others...it seems to be a troublesome point. That's me. Troublesome. LOL. I wonder if my body is just saying 'no....you don't need to'. But I look at myself and say 'there is at least 10 if not 15 that must go!' And let's not add the struggle of the scale when you are running and your muscles hold water. Sigh.

I don't feel hurried to lose the last 10. I do have to constantly remind myself that I lost 41 lbs and that isn't too shabby! But I am still worried and feeling like a lump for having issues with the last 10.

  
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SEEHOLZ 3/2/2010 1:21PM

    Celebrate the success and maybe try to stay at maintenance for now- you got to give your body time!
Considering I cannot seem to loose 1 lbs, you are 41 ahead of me-LOL!

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TIGGER622 3/2/2010 12:19PM

    I'm right there with ya though I feel like I have 20 to go and none of that is coming off!! Maybe with patience and continuing to be healthy??? HMPH! Hang in there! I figure when our bodies are ready... it will happen!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 3/2/2010 9:04AM

    Hang in there the last 10 will come off. 41 pounds is so awesome. I can wait till I am able bodied and get on the scale again....I am sure my eyes will pop out of my sockets...

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KHARLESS 3/2/2010 8:36AM

    They are the hardest lbs to lose. I think you have to really turn down the calorie net to achieve this goal. Realistically, our lifestyles in this modern world require very little over our BMR to maintain weight. It's a commitment that I have not achieved, but have not given up hope for it!

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CHIEF2011 3/2/2010 8:36AM

  You keep up the good work. And congrats on ton losing 41 lbs emoticon

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REILLYGIRRRL 3/2/2010 8:33AM

  I'm there with you. I'm having a problem staying focused to lose the last 10 pounds.

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Goals

Monday, March 01, 2010

Goal setting has played a big part in my success over the last 1+ years. Before I ever set foot into the land of Spark, my first goal was a healthy BMI.

I took inventory of the foods in my diet, and removed those things that had to go. Think about how Jillian tells folks to do this...would she approve of what is in your pantry/fridge/freezer? By taking this step, and then portioning your foods...what a tremendous and positive foot forward!

I am not one to say 'no' to food, but with a goal in mind...you have to be smart about it. Maybe making it fresh/homemade then you can take out or subsitute with healthier options and still have something you enjoy. Looking for lower calorie/lower fat/etc versions of that item you enjoy makes the journey easier. And you have a new recipe in your arsenal!

While I never have had a BP issue, my late gma, my mother, and my sister do. So I looked at labels...and left things that were too high sodium on the shelf or in the freezer section. If I was going to meet my goal, then I did not need to fight bloat!

The one thing we must give ourselves in reaching a goal is time. Taking up a fad diet that does not allow for a healthy balance of everyday foods/fruits/veggies will set us up for failure. All in moderation...and some things you can't have because they are foods that the manufacture could care less if you maintained a healthy lifestyle! Using the My Nutrition tool here on Spark will help you reach your goal and keep you aware of what you consume...for better or worse. And if you can help it...plan out your meals. Know what your days will be like before they happen so that you are not upset later.

Fitness goals are a different story. You can change them constantly to keep things interesting, or challenge yourself, or keep on track with loss/maintenance/etc. There are a lot of great tools here on Spark to help you. Fitness videos, tracking miles run, challenges on teams, etc. With so many choices you are less apt to be bored! Just don't sign up for too many! I set a goal that would require a longer commitment, and that was a marathon. It would require me to follow a training plan, track my food, get adequate sleep and hydration, etc. And in reinforced my love of running.

No matter if they are nutrition or fitness oriented, set goals for yourself. Be sure that they are doable. If incentives for reaching goals help you, then consider what they will be! No matter what, have fun! Being healthy does not have to feel like torture!

  
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KAYLSLYNN 3/1/2010 5:12PM

    WAY TO GO I AM KAY THE LEADER OF JANUARY SPARKS TEAM . I SEE YOU LIKE RED. WOULD PLEASE COME AND JOIN OUR RED TEAM AND HAVE FUN WITH US YOU WOULD BE A BIG HELP. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JOYINRUNNING08 3/1/2010 2:00PM

    Good for you. Constantly re-evaluating your lifestyle is the only way to continue moving forward. :)

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Accomplishments

Sunday, February 28, 2010

It is important to parse out each day what you did well, and what areas you can improve on. As I was reading in 'The Spark', there is a state of being that we can easily reach called the Downward Spiral. It involves not focusing on what you did accomplish, and demean yourself, and then give up. Making permanent change and maintaining healthy habits and choices is something that even the healthiest and fittest people can struggle with. One meal, one day...does not mean defeat. It does not mean failure. Take a step back and consider the factors that got you there. An unsupportive friend or spouse or family member? A stressful moment? Sadness? Journaling is a great way to step back and look at the day, and see for yourself that you have good intentions and made positive strides...no matter how big or small!

Just tonight I was watching USA vs. Canada for the gold at the US Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver. The game went into overtime, and Canada won the gold medal. But it was a major accomplishment for all involved. Giving their best, taking as many shots on goal as possible, and being in the Olympics alone is a big accomplishment! And all will walk away with a good memory that they can retell to others...and they will all wear a medal for their effort.

  
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JAMAICATRIP 2/28/2010 7:57PM

  I really appreciate your post. I also read the "Spark" and what it says about the downward spiral. I didn't feel like I made the best choices at lunch today but I ordered so much better than I usually do at a restaurant and I am right on schedule with a planned dinner and snacks. In order to achieve my goals, I have to be able not let one negative choice ruin everything I have already done. I have done that in the past and the results were not good.

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VEUVEGIRL 2/28/2010 6:32PM

    Love your post.

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Navigating

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Work got very stressful and busy for me about 2 weeks ago. I have had to take on more, and I am happy to do it. But then I must continue to work on balancing the load. I also volunteer for a lot of things with Cub Scouts. I wish more parents had that trait...to volunteer and support what their child is involved with. I understand that some parents are single and they too are trying to find a balance...but I still have moments where I wonder. I have been doing okay on eating in all the insanity. I did get on the treadmill Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday. I need to try and get on today.

I purposefully dropped my mileage after the late October marathon to lose weight. It worked like a charm, and then I had health issues. My shin is still not right (not burning pain or shooting pain...numbness). I am not sure if I should see a doctor or if it is something with my sciatic nerve. Sometimes going to the doctor brings zero resolution. Sad but true. So I am not sure. Hitting this hiccup has caused me to be more lax about wanting to jump into long distance races. I have a 10k and 1 mile sprint in Quantico in late March. I know I will do fine. I have decided to just let my husband live in his moment of glory for the Frederick Marathon. I will tend to the kids and we will celebrate his finish. Doing the 10k will guarantee me a spot in MCM 2010...so I figure that I will start training for that in May. I just don't feel hurried. Am I complacent? I don't know. I think I just don't want to overdo things with my body. The whole dizziness/numbness thing had me worried. The body has its limits.

The challenge in increasing my miles is that I will see the number go up on the scale. So do I participate in challenges where the scale matters? I don't think that is fair to the teams. Know what I mean? Not trying to be a sour grape...just seeing the point of the challenges and wanting everyone who puts their heart and soul into it to have a sweet victory. I will have mine as I continue to make good choices (most of the time LOL).

I had to stop buying the Little Debbie Nutty Bars. My daughters were liking them...and that is a serious weak point for me. I only had a few over time...but they should not be in this house. LOL.

  
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TRILLIUM22 2/27/2010 4:23PM

    It is awfully hard balancing so many things. You still have littler kids than me. In some ways it get much easier when they get older. Today I wanted to run and I just left them in the house sleeping. They are teens, so they sleep in the mornings.

You are doing a great job. I would try to see a doctor. I think burning pain ia not a good discription for pain.

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